College Basketball Coach Salary: List of Highest Paid
In addition to their base salaries, coaches often receive additional compensation for bonuses, endorsements, and other incentives. Many coaches also receive additional income from television and radio shows, as well as speaking engagements.
At the lower end of the pay scale, many Division I head coaches make between $150,000 and $400,000 annually. Division II and III coaches typically make far less, with salaries ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.
The salaries of individual coaches vary widely depending on their level of success, the size of their program, and the resources available to them.
|John Calipari||Kentucky||$8.5 million|
|Bill Self||Kansas||$6 million|
|Tom Izzo||Michigan St.||$5.7 million|
|Rick Barnes||Tennessee||$5.5 million|
|Bruce Pearl||Auburn||$5.5 million|
|Tony Bennett||Virginia||$4.8 million|
|Brad Underwood||Illinois||$4.6 million|
|Bob Huggins||West Virginia||$4.2 million|
|Mick Cronin||UCLA||$4.1 million|
|Eric Musselman||Arkansas||$4.1 million|
|Buzz Williams||Texas A&M||$4.1 million|
|Dana Altman||Oregon||$4 million|
|Tommy Lloyd||Arizona||$4 million|
|Kevin Willard||Maryland||$3.9 million|
|Ed Cooley||Providence||$3.8 million|
Why Do Men’s D1 NCAAB Coaches Make So Much Money Each Year?
You might be shocked at how much some of these guys make, but just remember how much money a basketball program can generate for a school. A good team gets 20+ home games drawing 10,000 plus in attendance, buying tickets, paying for parking, and then emptying out the concession stands. A bad team sees the seats half-empty. Even average teams can afford millions of dollars to the coaching staffs.
It’s no surprise that the top conferences like the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 litter the top of the list. They have the biggest arenas and generate the most revenue. Mid-majors though get addicted to winning, and they will do the best they can to hold on to someone who gives them hope of going to the tournament and competing every year.
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